JULY 11 - 13, 2019
BLACK FORK COMMONS
 
 

THURSDAY

July 11, 2019

MTD Midway Open 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Please note inflatables will not be in operation on Thursday, July 11

5:30 PM

W.W. Skiles Field
Kiddie King and Queen Crowning
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At Conclusion of Crowning

KIDS' MINI-SPOKES ACTIVITY ZONE

Presented by

Discovery Dental


KIDS' SAFETY SPOT
Presented by

ArcelorMittal

7:00 PM

Black Fork Commons Pavilion
DOWNTOWN HISTORY WALK

Sponsored by Barkdull Funeral Home

FRIDAY

July 12, 2019

MTD Midway Open Noon to 11:00 PM
Mechanics Bank Inflatable Zone Open 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Noon
ROTARY COMMUNITY LUNCH

6:00 PM
SPOKES4KIDS COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

Entry Form
Presented by

Richland Young Professionals 
Richland Bank

9:00 PM
BIKE-IN MOVIE THEATRE
Sponsored by 

Rotary Club of Shelby

SATURDAY

July 13, 2019

MTD Midway Open Noon to 11:00 PM
Mechanics Bank Inflatable Zone Open Noon to 11:00 PM

8:30 AM
LINDY FLYER COMMUNITY BIKE TOUR

Waiver and Route Forms

Sponsored by Mansfield AAA

9:00 AM
DOWNTOWN FARMER'S MARKET

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

  Seltzer Park Tennis Courts
KIDS' BIKE CLINIC - Tune Up, Helmets & Skills Course
Sponsored by

Hess Industries

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Seltzer Park Tennis Courts

BIKE DECORATING CONTEST
Sponsored by 
Civista Bank
Judging at 1:00 PM at Grand Boulevard

2:00 PM
SHELBY BICYCLE DAYS' PARADE

Entry Form
Sponsored by Penwell Turner Funeral Home

Following Parade
SHELBY HELP-LINE MINISTRIES PIE AUCTION

Following Parade
HISTORICAL SHELBY CYCLE DISPLAY

 

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
KIDS' CHARACTERS
Amphitheater in Black Fork Commons
Sponsored by
Shelby Mutual Insurance Agency

7:30 to 9:30 PM
DONLEY FORD PRE-FIREWORKS SHOW

Featuring Three Ton Toad


9:30 PM
FIREWORKS DISPLAY
Kickstarted by

Adams, Albert & Curry

WHAT IS SHELBY BICYCLE DAYS

Shelby Bicycle Days is an annual community festival that takes place in the heart of Downtown Shelby. The festival is designed for family fun, while incorporating the history of Shelby Bikes that were once manufactured by the Shelby Cycle Company. The festival has taken place for more than 25 years in Richland County. 

Each year a group of Shelby residents, help to plan a festival that includes signature events like the Shelby Bicycle Days Parade, Spokes4Kids Community Challenge and the area's best firework display. 

The event takes place annually in early to mid-July in Black Fork Commons. 

Shelby Bicycle Days is a project of the Community Improvement Corporation of Shelby.

Shelby has a rich history in bicycle production that, through foresight and perseverance, prospered through the Great Depression and World War II. It was a profitable 30-year venture that almost didn’t come to be.

The Shelby Cycle Frame Builders was formed in 1921 by A. D. Meiselbach of Chicago, a pioneer in the industry. Lured by a local supply of seamless tubing and the promise of free factory space, Meiselbach began producing frames and forks in Shelby.

 

Despite increased capitalization, the company was failing by the summer of 1924. Shareholders abandoned the venture, but factory superintendent Leon A. Smith found work to keep the factory open. By November 1924, Smith and 18 employees began to turn a profit.

In 1925, the company name was changed to Shelby Cycle Company and began assembling complete bikes.

The company displayed their newest creation, The Whippet, at a trade show in Madison Square Garden in January 1927. There they met trans-continental cyclist Clarence Wagner, who agreed to ride a Whippet cross-country later that year. Wagner broke the transcontinental record from Newport Beach to Atlantic City in 20 days, 17 hours.

In the 1930’s, there were several plant expansions. By 1937, Ohio companies made 50 percent of American bicycles; the Shelby Cycle Company was responsible for 1/3 of the output. More than 200,000 bicycles were made by 400 employees working day and night.

World War II and a required industry shutdown in 1942 would impact the mission of the mighty bicycle company. The company made a bold decision in 1941 to build a two-story addition in anticipation of national defense orders. At shutdown, the plant was already doing some war work in addition to manufacturing bicycles.

Through sub-contracts, Shelby Cycle Co. made tank rangefinder telescope tubes, gun shells, and airplane rockets. In 1945, bicycle production resumed. To fill orders more quickly, the most popular models were mass produced.

The company signed contracts with outlets such as Western Auto Stores, Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, and others.

With the retirement of Leon Smith, the decision was made in 1953 to sell the company. The Shelby plant would continue to operate under an agreement with the Cleveland Welding Company, a subsidiary of AMF.

By year’s end, the Shelby plant was closed; operations were moved to Cleveland, then Little Rock, Ark. About 100 local workers were laid off. Within 10 years, the name Shelby was no longer used.

Written by Christina Drain, 2018

FORMS

 
 

HISTORY OF SHELBY CYCLE CO. 

 
 

2019 SPONSORS

Presenting Festival Sponsor:

Adams Albert and Curry 

Arcellormittal 

Civista Bank 

Discovery Dental 

Donley Ford 

Hess Industries 

Mechanics Bank 

MTD 

Pivot Creative 

Richland Bank 

Shasky Sanitation 

Shelby Mutual Insurance Agency 

Shelby Welded Tube 

Milliron Auto Parts 

Nationwide Children's Hospital 

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Details Hair Salon 

Directions Credit Union 

Snap Fitness 

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Dominoes 

Kentucky Fried Chicken 

Kilgore and Herring 

Mound Agency 

Schumacher Farms 

Shelby Parts 

Shelby Printing 

Attorney John Schaefer

First Federal Bank of Ohio 

Journey to Serenity 

Linville 

Moritz Materials